Mar 31 | Annual IUDC Medieval Studies Conference

Hosted by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program of the CUNY Graduate Center, with support from Columbia University and Stonybrook University

March 31, 2023
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
524 West 59th Street
9th floor New Building, room 9.64


9:30-10:00 Registration, Coffee and pastries, Welcome.

10:00-11:00 Session One

Carolyn Cargile, English, Fordham University, “Form and Memory in the Peterborough Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.”

Silvia Gianolio, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, “Forging the Middle Ages in early 20th century Paris: a case study.”

Discussant: Mohamad Ballan, Stonybrook University.


11:10-12:10 Session Two 

Margaret McCurry, English, New York University. “Différance and Difference: Deconstructing Voice in the Roman de Silence.”

Catherine Shepard Bloomer, Italian, Columbia University, “Banishing the Blind: Medieval Florence and Dante’s Convivio.”

Discussant: Sarah Novacich, Rutgers University.


12:15-1:45 Lunch provided for all participants and pre-registered attendees.

1:45-2:50 Session Three

Isabella Weiss, Art History, Rutgers University, “Veritas and Verdure: on the role of meadow vegetation in late medieval theories of reality and representation.”

Soojung Choe, English, CUNY Graduate Center, “Culinary Encounters and Race-Thinking in William of Rubruck and John of Plano Carpini.”

Discussant: Jennifer Ball, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.


3:00-4:00 Roundtable on Careers with IUDC Medieval Studies Alumni 

Daria Foner, Columbia, Cataloguer, Old Master Paintings, Sotheby’s.

Ellis Light, Fordham, Managing Editor of Renaissance Quarterly.

Jeffrey Wayno, Columbia, Collection Services Librarian and Lecturer in History, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University Libraries.


John Jay College’s New Building has entrances on W59th Street, and on 10th and 11th Avenues. It will be easiest to enter either on W59th between 10th and 11th avenue, once you pass security turn right and go all the way down the hall to the elevators, or enter on 11th and you’ll see elevators to your right and left after security, they all can get you to the 9th floor.



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